The Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award for SAFE BANNER

Art Announcement from Australia. Published by Kate Just on Wednesday 17 June 2015.

The Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award for SAFE BANNER image

Kate Just has been awarded The Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award for her work SAFE BANNER, 2014. The award is a biennial acquisitive award & exhibition celebrating the diversity and strength of Australia's textile artistry.

Judged by Katie Somerville, Senior Curator, Fashion and Textiles at the NGV, this year’s award comprised 54 works by 47 artists.

Kate Just is thrilled that the sombre but also hopeful SAFE BANNER, projecting a wish for a less violent world, will have its home in Wangaratta, in this respected textile collection.

You can learn more about the community engaged knitted SAFE BANNER, which was funded by the City of Melbourne, and first exhibited at Daine Singer here. You can also view images of the knitting workshops to create the banner and walks across Melbourne with it here. In her announcement, Katie Somerville acknowledged the banner’s inclusive, political character and its vitality on the street. The funds from this prize will provide much needed support for exhibitions and residencies slated in Japan, New York and Melbourne over the next year.